Weekend tip: Annie Leibovitz female portrait series travels the world

Throughout 2016, the new Annie Leibovitz portrait exhibition “WOMEN: New Portraits” travels the world, tackling 10 global cities in twelve months. Annie Leibovitz, a former photojournalist for Rolling Stone, is one of the most well-known (portrait) photographers of our time, working for over three decades at Vanity Fair and later at Vogue. Her new WOMEN exhibition aims to reflect the changes in the roles of women today. If you are based in Asia, maybe you can make it to Singapore where it will be shown from 29 April to 22 May in Tanjong Pagar Railway Station (free entrance).

Europeans will need to be a bit patient but can already pencil in a visit either during the exhibitions stop in Istanbul  (July/August) or in Frankfurt (August/September). The September/October slot is previewed for New York. Follow up on details here. Enjoy!

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Weekend tip: Paris, Three centuries of fashion exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs

If you are in Paris this weekend (or any weekend until August 14), and you are a fashion-lover, a visit of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (107, rue de Rivoli) should be a must on your agenda. The museum is celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of its fashion collection and is finally showing an all-embracing panorama of fashion history from 1715 to 2016.  The ‟Fashion Forward, 3 Centuries of Fashion (1715-2016)” exhibition displays 300 items of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing from its collection, including ready-to-wear designs as well as houte couture (Chanel, Dior, YSL) allowing the visitor to take a journey through time and key fashion moments. Tickets are from 11 Euros and can be bought online (in French only).

While you are there, you may also be tempted to visit the Barbie exhibition too, which is also currently on display (until 18 September 2016). It is a unique opportunity to dive into the Barbie universe with 700 Barbie dolls on display but also works by contemporary artists, documents that contextualize the Barbie world. Both are definitely on my Paris to do list!

Travelinspirations for … Berlin

imageBerlin is one of those cities that has it all. Plenty of history, lots of water and green areas, funky neighbourhoods and a diverse and excellent range of dining options. Easily accessible via its two airports, also with low cost airlines, it is a perfect destination for an inexpensive weekend getaway.

I recently went myself for the first time, and I loved it! As usual, I am happy to share my tips for a first-time visitor of Berlin, read all about it here.

Weekend tip: Milan Furniture fair 16 & 17 April 2016

Got plans for the weekend already? How about a last-minute weekend trip to Milano? Enjoy the spring sunshine with an apero and risotto milanese. And check out the latest furniture trends at the 55th edition of Salone del Mobile.Milano. The furniture fair is open to the general public on Saturday and Sunday 16 & 17 April from 9:30 to 18:30, tickets are 30,- (can only be bought at the fairgrounds reception). As part of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile you will be able to visit the International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition with 200 exhibitors of top of the range accessories for the entire home furnishing system. Don’t forget to also check out the SaloneSatellite (accessible throughout the 6 days of the Salone already from April 12, with free entrance from Cargo 4 gate). SaloneSatellite is the event showcasing young designers under 35. Under this year’s theme “New materials, new design”, 700 projects from emerging talents have been selected for the event by a presticious committee. I wished I could go!

More info about the event can be found here.

Travelinspirations for … Vienna

IMG_20160320_165649 (2)Spring is here and with it comes the appetite for new adventures. It is also the perfect time for a weekend-getaway exploring a fabulous destination. Have you ever been to Vienna? No? Then it is about time. Vienna is the perfect place for a chilled weekend with late large breakfasts, relaxed strolls through a beautiful city center and summer drinks in cool outdoor bars.

Read more in my latest travelinspirations article on what there is to do in Vienna and when to go here.

 

Travelinspirations for … Brussels

IMG_20160404_234915 (2)Brussels has had a lot of negative press lately. For sure, it is a scary place to be right now, considering the heavy presence of police and military all over the city. I almost felt like in some militia-ruled country the other day when we passengers in the bus to the airport were asked for our ID by a guy from the military. If you want to counterbalance all the bad stuff you have heard, why don’t you take a look at my travelinspirations post on Brussels? You may be surprised to find out how nice a weekend in Brussels can be! Check it out here.

 

Introducing … the Style updates

IMG_20140729_191420I want to introduce a new section to my blog: the style updates. There will be inspirations for your spring/summer and fall/winter look and additional season specials such as for the summer vacation. I am trying to keep it really neat and will focus on a few key items only as not everyone intends to exchange their entire wardrobe every season but still wants to look stylish. So, go and check out the first style update for the 2016 spring/summer season here.

Comfort food expedition: Mac and Cheese Muffins

image1 (2)The other week an instagram food pic caught my attention: Mac and cheese muffins it was. Superpopular in the US, Mac and cheese is not really so common in continental Europe, and to be honest I could not really be bothered so far. However, although not a foodie I noticed that there is a certain trend now towards preparing dishes in cups; and therefore why not also do it with mac’n’cheese? It seemed like a fun dish, so I went ahead and tried it the other day. Funny enough, after telling one of my friends living in Sydney about it, she mentioned that typically American comfort food such as mac’n’cheese was booming in Australia. I thought this was interesting since all you hear and read about these days seems to be vegan, organic and gluten-free food. Perhaps, since we are now generally eating so much healthier, we enjoy and crave some good old comfort food even more occasionally?

If you would like to try them too, I used the recipe on allrecipes.com. The recipe is for 12 cups (one average muffin tin). I used a medium size coffee cup to do the measurements and it was perfect. However, I suggest some changes: I found it hard to shred actual mozzarella, so either you buy shreeded one or you just use cheddar fo the mix and I suggest to add some salt and pepper to the mix. Also, forget about the breadcrumbs on top and use only cheese (parmigiano or mozzarella) instead. Enjoy!

Weekend tip: Vogue Photography Exhibition at London National Portrait Gallery

On the plane back from Brussels the other day, I read about a new cool exhibition for fashionistas in London: “Vogue 100 – A Century of Style”. Until 22 May, the National Portrait Gallery in London showcases the remarkable range of photography that has been commissioned by British Vogue since it was founded in 1916, with over 280 prints from the Condé Nast archive and international collections being shown together for the first time to tell the story of one of the most influential fashion magazines in the world.

Make sure to book your tickets in advance (Price from 15,50 Pounds). You can do it online here. Hope I ll be able to make it!